April 19, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. – No. 69 Wisconsin tallied its first victory on the road Friday afternoon, as strong singles play led to a 5-2 victory over Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
“The guys played with a lot of determination,” said head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “They knew what was at stake and really stepped up; it was a great team effort.”
The Badgers (12-10 overall, 3-7 Big Ten) began the day giving the doubles point to Iowa (7-15, 0-10) in two close matches.
Playing at the No. 3 position for just the second time this season, Alexander Kokorev and Jakhongir Jalalov fell, 8-5, to Joey White and Michael Swank.
Iowa clinched the doubles point at court two, where Jakhongir Jalalov and Oskar Wikberg narrowly dropped the match, 8-5, to Jonas Dierckx and Juan Estensorro.
With the point decided, play was called at court one, where newly ranked No. 88 Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov were playing Garret Dunn and Matt Hagan.
Wisconsin wouldn’t stay behind for long, tying up the score at No. 3 singles with Bertha’s dominant 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Hagan.
“Billy got off to a great start to get us to one all,” said Van Emburgh. “I think that really helped on the rest of the courts.”
The Badgers continued singles play as Kokorev claimed a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Andres Estenssoro at court six, grabbing the lead for Wisconsin.
Iowa quickly tied the score back up at court one where Satral fell, 6-0, 7-5, to Dierckx.
Wisconsin used the loss at court one as fuel to take the remaining three matches in singles play.
At court five, Jalalov battled to take the first set, 7-6, in a tiebreak, before falling, 6-3, in the second set to Swank. Jalalov rallied back and won the third set, 6-2, reclaiming the lead for the Badgers.
Kostanov clinched the win for Wisconsin in his come from behind victory at court two. After dropping the first set to Dunn, 7-5, Kostanov fought back, taking the remaining sets, 7-6, 6-4.
The Badgers solidified their 5-2 victory at court four, as Wikberg defeated Estensorro in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
The Badgers continue road action on Saturday at 10 a.m. as they face No. 27 Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, before heading home to Nielsen Tennis Stadium to host No. 62 Nebraska on Sunday at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.
“I think there is a lot on the line, but the guys are really upbeat and up for the challenge.” said Van Emburgh of the remaining two matches this weekend.
WISCONSIN 5 IOWA 2
1. #88 Billy Bertha/Alexander Kostanov (WIS) vs. Garret Dunn/Matt Hagan (IOWA) no result
2. Jonas Dierckx/Juan Estensorro (IOWA) def. Jakhongir Jalalov/Oskar Wikberg (WIS) 8-5
3. Joey White/Michael Swank (IOWA) def. Alexander Kokorev/Petr Satral (WIS) 8-5
Order of Completion: 3, 2
1. Jonas Dierckx (IOWA) def. Petr Satral (WIS) 6-0, 7-5
2. Alexander Kostanov (WIS) def. Garret Dunn (IOWA) 5-7, 7-6, 6-4
3. Billy Bertha (WIS) def. Matt Hagan (IOWA) 6-2, 6-1
4. Oskar Wikberg (WIS) def. Juan Estensorro (IOWA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
5. Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) def. Michael Swank (IOWA) 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
6. Alexander Kokorev (WIS) def. Andres Estenssoro (IOWA) 7-6, 6-3
Order of Completion: 6, 2, 3, 1, 5, 4